Regency Personalities Series
In my attempts to provide us with the details of the Regency, today I continue with one of the many period notables.
18 August 1793 – 23 June 1851
William Mossman was a Scottish sculptor operational in the early 19th century, and father to three sculptor sons.
Said to be a descendant of James Mossman (1530–1573), Mossman was born in West Linton, the son of the local schoolmaster, John Mossman (died 1808) and Jean Forrest.
He apparently trained under Sir Francis Chantrey in London before returning to Scotland in 1823, where he first lived in Edinburgh, working as a marble cutter on Leith Walk before moving Glasgow in 1830, where he lived for the remainder of his life. In 1833 he began his own company “William Mossman”, renamed to “J G & W Mossman” in 1854, when he embraced his sons into the firm as partners. From 1857 the firm was known as J & G Mossman Ltd.
During the boom of cemetery development in Glasgow Mossman received many commissions for monuments in the Glasgow Necropolis, Sighthill Cemetery and the Southern Necropolis.
Mossman died in 1851 and was buried in Sighthill Cemetery in north Glasgow, with his monument designed by Alexander “Greek” Thomson.
- Bust of James Cleland (1831)
- Bust of David Hamilton (c.1835)
- Heraldic panels, Lennox Castle (1837–1841)
- Monument to Peter Lawrence, Glasgow Necropolis (1840)
- Monument to “Highland Mary”, Greenock Cemetery (1841)
- Tomb of Mrs Lockhart, Glasgow Necropolis (1842)
- Corbel heads on west front of Glasgow Cathedral and recarving of gargoyles (1842) under the employ of Edward Blore
- Monument to Lt. Joseph F. Gomoszynski, Glasgow Necropolis (1845)
- “Beloved Mother” monument, Glasgow Necropolis (1845)
- Monument to Lord Cathcart, Paisley Abbey (1848)
Mossman married Jean McLahlan in London in 1816 and had three sons, each of whom became sculptors: John Mossman, George Mossman and William Mossman Jr.